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Users of the iPad and iPhone are being tracked — by their mobile devices. Researchers have uncovered a file inside Apple’s operating software that contains detailed records of a user’s location, according to the Wall Street Journal and other media reports.
Free smartphone apps let users compare prices at local gas stations, anticipate traffic jams and keep cars operating at peak performance. These apps will be particularly useful in the months ahead, when gas prices are expected to climb higher as summer vacations start.
Skype has updated its Android app to include VoIP calling over 3G in the U.S. Previously, U.S. users could only place calls when connected to a Wi-Fi network. International users have been able to make calls over a cellular connection since the app was originally launched last year.
Global spending on business intelligence, analytics and performance management applications jumped 13.4 percent in 2010 to $10.5 billion, according to figures released by analyst firm Gartner.
According to ABI Research, approximately 69 million smartphones running the Android OS shipped in 2010, and by 2016, it is predicted that Android will represent 45 percent of the market.
The new comScore figures show that when all connected mobile devices are accounted for – phones, tablets, iPod Touches – Apple's iOS platform "outreaches" Android in the U.S. by 59 percent. In other words, Apple's 16.2 percent share of the mobile device market is that much better than Android's 10.2 percent.
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With 54 percent of India medium businesses (MBs, companies with 100-999 employees) currently using smartphones, smartphone penetration and spending are poised for growth. SMBs in India (companies with less than 1000 employees) are set to grow their spending to $173 million in 2011.
Nokia is expected to report a 29 percent fall in earnings per share. To turn around its smartphone fortunes, Nokia unveiled in February a deal to start using Microsoft software instead of its own Symbian platform.
According to the market metrics released by Flurry Analytics, mobile games for Google Android and Apple’s iOS platforms generated revenue of $800 million or £491.4 million in 2010. In contrast, PC games earned $700 million or £429.9 million in revenue.
Revenue for mobile displays is forecast to grow 47 percent in 2011 and 19 percent in 2012—reaching $22.4 billion. Due to a strong fourth quarter, 2010 mobile phone display shipments reached 1.6 billion units, up 10.8 percent year over year.
Nokia is suffering dramatic falls in market share worldwide, and RIM has seen a calamitous fall in its U.S. sales, while the Android mobile operating system is streaking past rivals in almost every developed country to become the dominant player everywhere.
A flaw in Skype for Android could let criminals harvest private information from smartphones, including the user's name and email address, contacts and chat logs.
When IDC and Gartner recently predicted that Windows Phone would overtake iOS within 2015, it produced a massive outcry against such predictions. Since then, Microsoft and Nokia have let out some details as to why they regard iOS as an insignificant contender, and why they believe Android will soon be dead altogether.
At the rate of 350,000 per day, Google is selling more than 10 million Android phones per month.
While two major research firms predict that the February deal struck between Microsoft Corporation and Nokia Corporation will result in a huge jump in smartphone market share for Windows Phone, such gains won't come easily - if at all.
Gartner has produced a new report on the state of the tablet market that has tongues wagging away. According to the research company it is all Apple for the next four years.
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